October 24, 2022 Wilfred Joseph
Apple Picking on the North Fork
Woman Hand Picking an Apple on the North Fork

Apple Picking on the North Fork

Apple picking on the North Fork of Long Island is one of the most fun things to do in the fall.  Did you know New York is only second to Washington State in apple production?  Long Island is one of the smallest producers of apples in the state.  In the fall, the North Fork of the most beautiful times to visit.  There is pumpkin picking, apple picking, and apple cider; generally, it’s harvest time for all farmers.

Here are some of my favorite farms and orchards, with information on what each offers.  It’s always a good idea to call ahead to determine the best time of day, and what varieties of apples are available.

Remember, when coming to the North Fork for apple picking or wine tasting, stay at Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast. 

Breeze Hill Farm, Peconic

Breeze Hill farm orchard has 1,000 apple trees, including Ginger Gold, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious.  Call for the best times, and they will direct you to the best areas for picking.  They are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays; U-pick is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. they are located at 31215 County Rd 48, Peconic; (631) 876-5159

Harbes Family Orchard

The Harbes Family Farm offers agritainment.  That is entertainment on the farm.  The 15-acre Harbes Family Orchard in Riverhead is part of their 78-acre farm and is open for apple picking in September and October.  The farm offers over 20 varieties of apples: Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala, Zestar, Blondee, and Ultimate Gala.  Your taste buds will thank you.  No pets or outside food and drinks are allowed on the farm.  The u-pick orchard is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Their location is: 5698 Sound Ave.  Riverhead; (631) 298-0800

Hayden’s Peach Orchard, Wading River

Hayden’s has new owners but may keep the old name.  Apples and Peaches are what this Wading River farm is known for.  Some of the varieties they offer are Ambrosia, Cortland, Gala Golden, Jonagold, and Macoun.  The farm stand is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with u-pick provided only on weekends.  Their location is: 561 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River; (631) 929-1115

Lewin Farms, Calverton

Lewin farms is a family farm and one of the oldest farms, now in the hands of the fourth generation.  They were one of the first u-pick farms on LongIsland.  This new generation is continuing that long tradition.  They have a wide variety to offer with many u-pick fields.  You can cut your tree here at their farm at Christmas.  There is also a five-acre corn maze open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays starting in early September and continuing through late October.  No pets are allowed in the orchard.  Cash only, and you can use their ATM located on their premises.  Their location is: 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton; (631) 929-4327

Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue

“Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a historic, bicentennial farm, beautiful to behold against the sparkling waters of Peconic Bay.” from their website.  Wickham’s is not only one of the oldest but one of the largest farms on the North Fork, with approximately 300 acres, of which 200 are orchards.  Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country; much of the farm dates from 1661.

For the environmentally conscious, this farm has done its part in curbing development.  A substantial portion of the farm has had the development rights sold.  That cannot be developed and will be “forever agriculture.”

Wagon rides are also available on Saturdays during the apple-picking season, providing a fun way to get to the orchards and see the farm.  Other items, such as apple cider doughnuts, apple cider, pies, and preserves, are available at the farm stand.  No pets are allowed.  U-pick is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.  Their location is: 28700 Main Rd. Cutchogue; (631) 734-6441.

Windy Acres Farm, Calverton

This farm stand also sells fresh eggs, flowers, and doughnuts.  Open weekends 10 a.m to 4 p.m.  Their location is 3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton; (631) 727-4554

Woodside Orchard, Aquebogue, and Jamesport

Woodside Orchard, a hub of all things apples, has been family-owned and operated since 1982.  There are two locations: Both have U-pick groves and baked goods, and the Aquebogue location offers hard cider tasting.   Jamesport is open on weekends, and Aquebogue is for weekday picking.  No opening date has been announced yet, but it is typically in the second week of September.  Check their website for the latest info.  729 Main Road, Aquebogue; Their location is: 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport; (631) 722-5770

 

 

 

 

 



August 4, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

The Oysterponds Historical Society Summer Benefit

Oysterpond Summer Benefit
People in and out of large tents enjoying the Festivities at the Oysterponds Summer Benefit

Orient is one of North Fork’s most exclusive and historical places. Settlers have been there since the 1640s.  The Oysterpond Historical Society (of which I am a Board member) holds this annual event.

From OHS’s website: “The Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) was founded in 1944 to preserve the historical significance of Orient and East Marion communities that were still largely populated by direct descendants of the European settlers three centuries before. OHS founding members Mrs. Henry F.J. Knobloch, Mrs. Alma Knox, and Mr. George R. Latham were concerned about the gradual disappearance of Native American artifacts, documents, family records, tools, art, and other surviving evidence of the maritime, agricultural, cultural, and religious life of the early residents of this area.

Today, OHS maintains seven historically-significant buildings located in the heart of Orient, New York’s landmark historic district; cares for 8½ acres of grounds, including Poquatuck Park, a cherished community gathering spot; and actively manages a collection of over 60,000 items, including historical artifacts, documents, diaries, works of art, and archival objects dating from early Native American times all the way through the 20th century. Our archive, which is particularly strong in correspondence and diaries, is a rich and valuable resource regularly used by scholars, writers, genealogists, and students.”

Oysterpond Summer Event

Square Dancing under the tent featuring legendary caller Chart Guthrie and the Dance All Night Band.  Now, even if you’re not inclined to dance, the feel-good, toe-tapping music is a perfect backdrop for a festive celebration of summer!  There’ll be an exciting live auction of a handful of exceptional art pieces, but note that you must purchase a ticket and attend the event to participate.

Wine, beer, specialty cocktails; delicious food from Maple Tree Smokehouse BBQ; homemade sweet tea & lemonade; and bottled water.

Purchase your tickets NOW so that you don’t miss out.

Purchasing a non-member Summer Benefit ticket will automatically enroll you in a 1-year OHS membership!

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours
  • When: Saturday, August 6, 2022; 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Poquatuck Park, Orient, NY (Map)
  • Tickets: $150 per person (members); $175 per person (non-members)
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December 8, 2017 Wilfred Joseph

Long Island New Year's EveThere are so many different ways to enjoy a North Fork Long Island New Year’s Eve! Parties, dinners, stage shows, and more. If you were thinking of spending your New Year’s Eve on Long Island, great idea! You’ll have no trouble finding great ways to ring in 2018!
We’ve said it many times and it bears repeating: there’s always something fun to do on Long Island’s North Fork. This is especially true during the end of the year holidays. We know how to throw a party and New Year’s Eve sees dozens of them across the island. Some of the best are right here in Long Island Wine Country with lots of dinners and special events at theaters, restaurants, and wineries.



November 17, 2017 Wilfred Joseph

Holidays On Long Island's North ForkThere’s always something fun to do on Long Island’s North Fork but the holidays always shine brightest. It’s non-stop events when you enjoy the holidays on Long Island’s North Fork!
Last post, we highlighted one of Greenport’s biggest end-of-the-year events: Greenport Shellabration 2017, December 2nd and 3rd. While Shellabration is definitely something you don’t want to miss, it’s hardly only event scheduled during the holidays on Long Island’s North Fork. Oh, not by a long shot!



August 7, 2017 Wilfred Joseph

North Fork Foodie Tour 2017It’s almost North Fork Foodie Tour time again! This year’s celebration of the bounty of Long Island’s North Fork takes place Sunday, September 10th, 2017.
Long Island’s North Fork is known for its vineyards, farms, craft breweries, dairies, orchards, and fisheries. We’re proud of our continued heritage of delicious, locally sourced and produced foods. The North Fork Foodie Tour is our way of celebrating and sharing our region’s bounty with visitors and neighbors alike.



July 14, 2017 Wilfred Joseph

Long Island Craft Classic 2017Long Island’s second annual celebration of beer, wine, cider, and bbq, the Long Island Craft Classic, is almost here: August 12th, 2017. With over 40 breweries, cideries, and vineyards on hand, not to mention great food and live music, you can’t afford to miss this awesome summer event!
The 2017 Long Island Craft Classic is the second year of the updated and expanded North Fork Craft Beer Festival. This “little” festival has grown and changed by leaps and bounds over the years, just like the craft beer industry that spawned it. Now it includes wines, ciders, live music, contests … and no longer qualifies as a “little” anything!
Attendees can look forward to over 100 different craft beers, ciders, and regional wines to sample. Brewmasters, vitners, and cider-makers from various companies will put on a variety of seminars and demonstrations for the curious.



May 12, 2017 Wilfred Joseph

Taste the East End 2017Come out to Long Island’s North Fork for an evening of local cuisine pairings during Taste the East End 2017. June 9th, 7pm at The Long Island Aquarium!
Taste the East End is a Long Island tradition and a great way to kick off the summer! This flavor-filled, fan-favorite event features locally made fine wine, craft beer, and hard cider paired with offerings from local restaurants. More than 40 vendors participate in this event. Local chefs, brewmasters, and vintners expertly pair their specially prepared creations to create the best possible taste combinations
Your tongue will think it has died and gone to heaven.



May 6, 2017 Wilfred Joseph

New Suffolk Chowderfest 2017Come enjoy live music, great fresh seafood, and more at the New Suffolk Chowderfest! May 27th, 2017 at the New Suffolk Waterfront overlooking beautiful Peconic Bay.
The annual New Suffolk Chowderfest is rapidly becoming a beloved North Fork tradition! And why not? Who doesn’t enjoy a chance to taste a variety of locally prepared chowders? Chefs from kitchens around the North Fork will be bringing in their very best take on this classic comfort dish.
Local seafood festivals of this type are a great way to discover new chefs and new restaurants. It’s also a great way to get your teeth into some delicious fresh, local seafood!



August 26, 2016 Wilfred Joseph

North Fork Foodie Tour 2016Enjoy a self-guided romp through a unique, artisanal Long Island food scene during the North Fork Foodie Tour: Sunday, Sept. 11th, 2016.
Long Island’s North Fork has a reputation for delicious, locally sourced, food and drink. From Peconic Bay scallops and Long Island duck to organically grown fruits, veggies, and of course, all the Long Island wines. The North Fork Foodie Tour celebrates this wonderful tradition of both sustainable and irresistible fare with a self-guided tour of local food producers.



July 8, 2016 Wilfred Joseph

Long Island Craft Classic 2016The North Fork Craft Beer Festival is now the Long Island Craft Classic and scheduled for August 6th, 2016 at Heckscher State Park. More than 50 craft beer brewers will be in attendance – will you?
Long Island’s craft brewing community is robust. New craft beer companies appear every year. What better way to meet all the Long Island brewers and sample their offerings than at a craft beer festival?